RM Sotheby’s 2016 season debut in Europe will be in Paris during Rétromobile week, just a few days after the auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company is presenting an interesting catalogue with a wide selection of cars, including four built before 1900, only a few superstars, but a solid group of strong sellers, plus 15 Ferraris (built between 1960 and 2004). The auction of 65 cars starts at 7 p.m. Paris time on Wednesday February 3, with previews from Tuesday. The oldest car in the auction is a 1896 Raynaud Vis-à-Vis prototype, while the two most recent are both from 2004: a Ferrari Enzo and a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The first lot, a 1964 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet has the lowest estimate at EUR 20 – 30 K, while the highest estimate has been given to the 1964 Ferrari 400 Superamerica at EUR 3 – 3.3 million.
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Aerodinamico Pininfarina LWB
To start a preview with something like this is a no-brainer: it’s a car that sells itself. A 12-cylinder 1962 Ferrari is always going to attract attention. Add a Pininfarina body with the Superamerica style and specifications and it’s a nailed-on winner. But this car, chassis #3931 SA, then has something even more special on top: a wonderful life. Even before it was first sold, the grigio argento (silver grey) on nero (black) 400 SA created a stir when it was shown at both the 1962 Earls Court Show in London and the Chicago Motor Show. The first of the second series 400 Superamericas to be built, it retains the original Aerodynamic body work, installed on the 2600 mm wheelbase chassis of the 250 GTE instead of the shorter 2420 mm. Of the 35 Superamerica II made, only about 18 offered this combination, and only 14 also had the covered headlamps. Very exclusive. Manufactured at the Pininfarina plant during the summer of 1962, after the London show it was exported to the USA through the usual dealer, Chinetti, used for the Chicago show and then sold. In the 1970s, it lived in San Francisco (CA) and in 1975 it appeared in Stan Grayson’s book “Ferrari, the man, the machine”. Completely restored in 1980 in the USA, it was then sold in Japan and on January 9, 1995 entered the Matsuda Collection, back then one of the most important private Ferrari collections in the world. Back in the USA by 2000, it was used sparingly before returning to Europe. With fully matching numbers, and still with the original color combination, it is offered here with an estimate of EUR 3 – 3.3 million.
1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Drophead Coupé
One of the most charming offers at the auction is this unrestored 1955 XK 140. Chassis #A818030 is an SE (Special Equipment) model with the big valve cylinder head from the C-type that can generate 210 HP. Originally delivered in the USA, it remained in the first owner’s possession for 46 years. Always perfectly maintained, it’s never been given an unnecessary restoration, and remains in very good condition, enhanced by the original light blue color on red leather. Now registered in Germany, the XK 140 has about 72,000 miles on the clock, complete Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certification, and two owners from new. It is offered with an estimate of EUR 150 – 180 K.
1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1, Martini 6
There is a generational conflict among Lancia lovers: for the over 50s the rally icon is the Lancia Stratos, for the under 50s it’s the Lancia Delta Integrale. Nothing wrong with either, of course, but if the Stratos has already achieved its classic status, the Lancia Delta Integrale is beginning to acquire a luster all of its own. Since the early Lancia Delta 4WD, invented by Cesare Fiorio in 1986 to replace the banned Group B Delta S4, all the cars have been great, so it’s just a matter of taste: 4WD, Integrale, Integrale 16V, Evoluzione and Evoluzione II all won a rally world title. Group A rally rules stated that at least 5,000 cars had to be built, but racing victories boosted sales in such an incredible way that there are plenty of these around. Cars that remain undamaged by racing and crashing are rarer, however, as are the “special editions”. This is a Martini 6 series, based on the Evoluzione 1, of which only 310 were built. Chassis # ZLA31AB000580642, the 184th built of the special series celebrating the sixth World Championship in six years, was originally sold in December 1992 and was registered in the Arezzo area. It has always remained in the same ownership and has covered a mere 28,000 kilometers from new. Perfectly preserved, totally original, complete with papers, stickers, set of spare keys and tools, it is an expensive, showy, almost unique piece. It is the last of the non-catalyzed Deltas and is one of the greatest cars to drive: fun, reliable, incredibly fast. It is offered with an estimate of EUR 120 – 150 K.
2004 Ferrari Enzo
This is a car that will provoke debate. Its history makes it special, but the market will soon decide whether a Ferrari Classiche-certified car that has crashed, been repaired perfectly with some additional “pimping” and total modification of the original colors deserves a premium or a penalty. Most Enzos lead boring lives, with very low mileages, and always in “as new” condition; so this one comes as a surprise. Chassis ZFFCZ56B000135564 was delivered new in the UK through Maranello Concessionaires. It was colored rosso corsa on black leather with 4-point harnesses and red instruments. In 2006 it was sold in the USA where it was damaged in a road accident. During the comprehensive repairs, the car was re-sprayed in Daytona black, while the interior was given red leather and Giallo instruments, blackened side windows and, more pertinently, a Bose stereo system, satellite navigation, reversing camera, power windows and a rear spoiler in carbon fiber decorated with the word “Enzo”. You may be surprised to learn that Ferrari Classiche certified it, but presumably this means it approved the works. Today the car has about 2,500 miles on the clock and it has remained in Europe since the repairs. It could be considered a sort of one-off car based on the Enzo, or a car in need of a certain amount of work to be brought back to its original specification. It is offered with an estimate of EUR 1.5 – 2.0 million.
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
Porsche 550 Spyders are very rare cars. Only 75 “customer” versions were ever produced, and many of these were destroyed by racing. This car, chassis #550-0068, not only survived in great condition, but has an interesting racing history and served as show car at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show. Created to defeat more powerful, heavier vehicles, at 590 kilos with 4 cylinders, dry sump, twin sparks and a 1.5 DOHC engine, the 550 was a racing car with homologation for road use. Sold to Mike Marshall, an American racer and Volkswagen-Porsche dealer in Miami, this 550 won the first race it entered, the SCCA at Waterboro in South Carolina. It continued racing, often winning, for the following three seasons. Sold to a second owner in the Tampa area, the car was raced by different drivers before being sold again, probably still in Florida. After a long line of owners the car was exported to Italy in the late ‘80s, underwent ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano) certification on November 12, 1989 and was registered in the Bergamo area, in a small village on the shores of Lago di Iseo. It was sold to the current owner in Italy in 1999. It is offered with an estimate of EUR 2.2 – 2.6 million.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato
Looking at the post war history of Alfa Romeo, it is difficult to find anything more important than the Serie 105. Carrozzeria La Zagato, one of Alfa’s main partners at the time, gave the 105 one of the most beautiful shapes ever seen on properly competitive car. The Giulia TZ, (Tubolare Zagato because of its tubular frame chassis) was presented in 1963, and in its first race (Monza) took the first four places in its class. 100 were built by 1964 to satisfy homologation rules. It went on winning everywhere in Europe and North America. The TZ was a strong competitor on every race track: only 1.6 liters but quite capable of beating cars equipped with much bigger engines. This car, chassis #AR10511 750087, was built in August 1963 and originally delivered to Swiss racer and four-time Swiss Champion, Karl Foitek. Foitek, later to become the Ferrari distributor for Switzerland for 35 years, as well as the Lamborghini distributor in the early 1960s, won races in the car before selling it to Peter Schetty, a Cobra driver with Scuderia Filipinetti and later an official Ferrari driver. Some owners and many races later (including the 1968 Nürburgring 1,000 kilometers), the car was sold in 1983 to Ernst Hugentobler who kept it for 17 years before selling it to a Mr. Pas, from the Netherlands, the first non-Swiss owner and the current custodian. With two owners in the last 32 years, this TZ is offered with an estimate of EUR 0.950 – 1.2 million.
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